What is a Hybrid Mattress?
October 5, 2018
You may be familiar with the traditional innerspring mattress and the newer memory foam mattress, but what about a hybrid mattress? What is a hybrid mattress and is it right for you?
Coil + Foam = Hybrid
Hybrid mattresses on the market today are just that: a hybrid of the traditional coil mattress combined with either memory or a latex foam. Their conception was to satisfy those users who found a traditional spring mattress and a memory foam mattress both lacking in certain features. Hybrid mattress manufacturers market them as the best of both worlds.
What Exactly is a Hybrid Mattress?
When it comes to hybrid mattresses, the coil most commonly used is called a pocketed coil. This type of coil is wrapped individually in a type of sleeve which allows them to be more reactive to pressure from the body. This provides more body contouring than traditional innerspring mattresses.
This spring layer is topped by a thick layer of foam called a “comfort” layer. This may be memory foam or latex foam. This foam layer serves to minimize the typical bounce of a traditional innerspring mattress. The combination of these theoretically allows the sleeper to feel supported and yet not be subject to the sinking feeling that can accompany some lower quality memory foam mattresses.
So how does a hybrid mattress do when compared to its counterparts? Let’s take a look.
- Cost – the average quality hybrid mattress can cost more than both the average innerspring mattress and the average memory foam mattress. This is subject to other variables, the same as other mattress types. But on average, you will pay more for a hybrid.
- Longevity – with the average lifespan of the hybrid mattress coming in at about 6 years, it is nearly comparable to a traditional innerspring mattress at 7 to 10 years. The memory foam mattress will often have a longer lifespan. Of course, these figures are all subject to the individual materials contained in each one and the care they receive.
- Firmness — like an innerspring mattress, the hybrid is available in a wide range of overall firmness levels whereas a true memory foam mattress will be able to contour to the areas of the body reducing the typical pressure points of a spring mattress.
- Motion isolation — like the memory foam mattress, the hybrid mattress is able to minimize motion transfer. In this way, sleep partners will be less likely to disturb each other by their movement. Traditional coil mattresses offer the least when it comes to motion isolation, tending to be more “bouncy”.
Mattress buyers should realize that the term “hybrid” has been misused as a marketing tool by companies to enhance their brands. True hybrid mattresses must combine a pocketed coil core with a layer of either latex or memory foam as a comfort layer. Beds not utilizing the coil core or simply using a thin “comfort” layer are not truly hybrids. As is often the case, it is a matter of “buyer beware” when it comes to mattress marketing.
Need more information? Contact our sleep specialists to understand the difference in mattresses on the market today.